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Cabinet ministers who still hope for the best are now tight in the larynx when they try to sound optimistic. The British are great most of all in their pragmatism – or so much of the world once thought. The European Union’s supreme talent is for compromise – or so it was widely assumed. Both sides have much to lose from a ruinous version of Brexit and for that reason it will be avoided. This logic was the basis for believing that it could be managed in a way that contained the damage to trade, jobs and investment from extracting one of its largest members from the world’s most prosperous bloc.feedback
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Oct 14 2017 Brexit
Andrew Rawnsley has most recently been quoted in an article called Outrageous good fortune smiles once again on Theresa May. Andrew Rawnsley said, “Terrible as things are for the Tories, the cabinet is too paralysed by fear to move against the prime minister. Theresa May is a very lucky politician. Yes, really. Her career has been kissed with outrageous fortune. She was promoted to home secretary in the coalition government because Nick Clegg turned down the job and George Osborne – here’s a lovely irony – told David Cameron that it would serve them to have a dispensable woman. She lucked into being prime minister because she was the only candidate left standing when all her rivals ate each other in an orgy of Tory cannibalism. Then she wiped out her majority with a snap election that she didn’t have to call, but her colleagues hesitated to punish that debacle in the traditional way because they feared that bad could be followed by worse.”. Andrew Rawnsley has been quoted a grand total of 20 times in 18 articles.
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May 28 2017

She is still on course to win, but it will not be the unvarnished victory that she was looking for when she began this campaign.feedback

May 20 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

Shameless opportunism, brazen larceny and other reasons Theresa May’s Conservatives will win. Just in time for the election, a searing critique of the past 40 years of Conservative philosophy and practice has been published and it is freely available to all voters. I recommend reading this repudiation of all that so many Tories have held dear for decades. The salient passage is to be found on page nine of the blue volume entitled Forward, Together: The Conservative and Unionist Party Manifesto 2017.feedback

May 13 2017 - British elections 2017

If Labour had any respect for its own history, it would have a better idea about how elections are won. It is a stubborn fact of the past 80 years of Labour history that only three people have had the privilege of winning a general election in the party’s name. Two of those people are long deceased. The third still breathes, but much of his party has recently behaved as if they wish their only living winner were dead.feedback

May 06 2017

She only gets to look unbeatable because of the paucity of the competition from an utterly inept Labour leadership. For Labour MPs, this is the scene in the jeopardy movie when the ground begins to shake. They know that those blood-chilling tremors are the footsteps of something monstrous making its approach. The screams of the local councillors that have just been devoured by the beast are a warning to Labour parliamentary candidates that it is their turn next. The devastation to one-time Labour strongholds, from south Wales to the East Midlands to the Tees Valley, tells them to be afraid, to be very afraid. By the time we get to the final reel, we know that the casualties will be many.feedback

Apr 22 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

They should make the issue not who should be prime minister, but whether the Tories can be trusted with a landslide. Election time and the fibbin’ is easy. The first fat and juicy one came from Theresa May when she stood outside Number 10 and declared that it was the “national interest” that compelled her to trigger the snap election that she had many times sworn that she would not call because an early poll was not in the “national interest”.feedback

Apr 01 2017 - Brexit

There may be a way to an agreement with the EU, but it won’t be achieved by trying to bluff. One way of looking at the Brexit negotiation is as a game of high stakes poker. Theresa “Queen of Vegas” May and her sidekick, David “Old Knuckleduster” Davis will sit on one side of a green baize table. They will arrange their faces to be utterly inscrutable; they will stitch cards to chests; they will leave Boris at home for fear that he might accidentally blurt out the content of Britain’s hand. Across from them will sit Michel “Hardball” Barnier, the chief negotiator for the commission, and Donald “Goodbye” Tusk, representing the 27 countries who will be remaining within the EU once Britain has taken its leave.feedback

Mar 11 2017

The desperate blame game over the budget is a bad sign when the perilous business of Brexit is about to begin. It is one of the more endearing eccentricities of British government that the two most powerful people in the cabinet live next door to each other. Even more bizarrely, they also live on top of each other, since the chancellor’s flat is located above Number 10 and the prime minister’s living quarters are above Number 11.feedback

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